Assam Rifles Accuses NSCN-IM Of Violating Ceasefire

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Guwahati, April 29, 2019

The NSCN-IM has committed a serious violation of ceasefire ground rules by setting up an “unauthorised camp” in Ukhrul district of Manipur.

Suspected temporary hutment type structures were spotted in the forest of Ukhrul (north) during the routine aerial recce by Assam Rifles personnel on April 25th, 2019. The troops were immediately deployed to confirm the existence of an unauthorised camp of NSCN-IM in that area.

As per media reports, the Assam Rifles commander, they said, requested the villagers and the pastor to inform NSCN-IM cadres to vacate the camp immediately as it was unauthorised and “in gross violation of existing ceasefire ground rules”.  The general secretary of United Naga Council telephones the commander of Assam Rifles Sector and confirmed the presence of NSCN-IM camp.

It may be mentioned that the government and NSCN-IM had arrived at a ceasefire agreement in 1997.

The area has been reinforced by additional troops and the unauthorised camp is under constant surveillance by air and other means, as per reports.  Despite extreme restraint being shown by Assam Rifles troops, no action has been taken by NSCN-IM to vacate the unauthorised camp.